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March 9th, 2008


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04:34 pm - Three Things Photo Meme Redux
I took pictures of everything requested here. Images are scaled, click for full version.

brightflashes requested...
Something expensive:
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This house, when we buy it, will be the most expensive thing we've ever purchased by far.

Something cheap:
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This washer and dryer was one of the first purchases Kassi and I made together, and all told it cost us $85.

Something free:
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A lot of the stuff in our house was free, courtesy of friends and family members. Kassi's parents like to give away presents on a whim. This grill is a great example - they were visiting us for Memorial Day last year, and decided they wanted to have a traditional cookout, so they bought us a big gas grill to make a few burgers and hot dogs.

nonewwitticisms broke the rules, but wanted to see...
Something old:
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This is a copy of the first English translation of Bambi, published in 1928. It belongs to Kassi and is probably the oldest book in our house.

Something new:
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Here's a dumb artsy photo of the new keyboard. With new music we just got from Amazon, to make it slightly more relevant.

Something borrowed:
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We get most of our movies through Netflix in the mail. I thought I could imitate their ads for this.

Something blue:
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Close-up of the SIO2PC cable I built, showing the handful of components (blue capacitors). Build quality is bad, but it's still one of the few electronics projects I've completed that actually works.

beaglebot asked to see...
Decay:
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This is a photo of my car. Up until two years ago it was in excellent shape. Since then something has gone wrong every two months - and not just mild irritants. The driver's side door no longer opens, the ignition switch broke, one of the rear windows fell into the door, it's been backed into, and it had a coolant leak last December. To re-use the old Dave Barry joke, you can actually hear parts falling off it if you wait quietly in the garage.

Primitive Tool:
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Atari 8-bit home computer, one of the competitors to the Apple II and the Commodore 64. I put a sepia filter on it so I could make this into a tired cliche photo gag.

Heart:
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Here's me playing "Crazy On You" by Heart in Guitar Hero II. With heart.

sub_musashi was hoping for pictures of...
The strangest thing the baby has put in her mouth:
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This poor defenseless creature. Anya even made "NOM NOM NOM" sounds while she was doing it.

The strangest thing in the fridge:
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Our fridge is actually fairly normal, except this bottom shelf which contains teething rings, eye makeup, and some kind of orange gel-filled eye mask.

The strangest thing I've put in my mouth:
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The baby has offered me both pacifiers and bottles. I don't really get how the pacifier works to soothe her - I guess we grow out of these things.

variablerush wished for...
Something orange:
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Tip: fish are hard to photograph because they move around so much. This tiny dwarf platy in our big aquarium was the only one that would hold still long enough for me to get the shot.

A hat:
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Here's the Gryffindor hat and scarf Kassi knitted for the baby. It's spring weather here but she does look cute all bundled up.

Movie collection:
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Here's our movie collection, excluding television shows on DVD, which we have a couple box sets of. (Then why is The Beatles Anthology in this picture? Artistic license.)

launchvehicle finished things up with...
Something that changed my life:
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My wedding ring. My wife didn't want to be photographed.

My favorite video game:
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This one is hard, and not entirely accurate! Out Run is one of my favorite games of all time, but not this version - I prefer the one on Genesis. If my arcade cabinet was finished I'd have taken a shot of Galaga. I also considered Half-life and Nethack but decided I had enough pictures of computer screens and monitors as is.

Something I'm clueless about:
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We found this thing behind the little shed in our backyard. How did he get here? Who thought he would be a good idea to own? What exactly is he here to protect? And why is the neighbor's dog so fascinated by it?

Thanks to everyone who posted suggestions, this was a lot of fun. Hope you like the photos.
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From:nonewwitticisms
Date:March 9th, 2008 10:14 pm (UTC)
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I didn't precisely break the rules. I did say you could omit something new if you liked. I'm glad you didn't, though. ^_^
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From:gonk
Date:March 9th, 2008 10:35 pm (UTC)
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all i have to say about the owl...

orly?
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From:brightflashes
Date:March 9th, 2008 11:58 pm (UTC)
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That owl scared me so much when we first saw it. I was actually in the back yard with Greg at night with a flashlight, exploring our new house together and we found it behind the shed. I seriously got scared. it was ridiculous.
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From:prairieflower
Date:March 9th, 2008 10:59 pm (UTC)
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What fun!

If I wasn't already doing a photo project, I'd do this!

I've loved looking at your and brightflashes's photos!
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From:prairieflower
Date:March 9th, 2008 11:01 pm (UTC)
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Oh yeah, and I remember Luke going through a "Nom nom nom" noise phase. He would do it when he was mouthing his toys, eating, or wanted a bite of what we had.

I loved it!
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From:echoardi
Date:March 10th, 2008 12:08 am (UTC)
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that owl is for scaring away birds and the like (squirrels) from gardens. some have heads that bobble all the way around (360)
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From:greg_kennedy
Date:March 10th, 2008 02:59 am (UTC)
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Oh god, that is so creepy!
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From:echoardi
Date:March 16th, 2008 02:25 am (UTC)
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yeah, and i suspect it doesn't actually work very well either
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From:variablerush
Date:March 10th, 2008 01:20 am (UTC)
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Yes! A fellow Galaga fan.
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From:greg_kennedy
Date:March 10th, 2008 02:59 am (UTC)
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Of course! Arcade-accurate Galaga was one of the major deciding factors in why I went with the vertical instead of horizontal Mame setup. (Arcade-accurate Outrun was of course pulling me in the opposite direction, but in the end the computer hardware I had to spare made it the vertical monitor the 'obvious' choice.)

Whenever I get around to finishing the arcade cabinet - and this summer it will be about one year in the making - I will post a full write-up with pictures. It's been a fun project, with its share of time-consuming pieces and frustrations, but I imagine it's a project every video game enthusiast should seriously consider.
From:launchvehicle
Date:March 10th, 2008 12:51 pm (UTC)
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That game is why I work in the video game industry.

Best game of all time.
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From:greg_kennedy
Date:March 10th, 2008 02:40 pm (UTC)
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I've heard great things about Out Of This World but haven't tried it. This is definitely on my list of Games To Play.
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From:variablerush
Date:March 10th, 2008 02:24 pm (UTC)
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That's sweet.

Have you ever played Shenmue? It has arcade emulations of Outrun and Hang On right there in the game's arcade. Really pretty neat.
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From:greg_kennedy
Date:March 10th, 2008 02:47 pm (UTC)
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I played Shenmue briefly, and spent more time in the arcade than I did with the actual game. Unfortunately I ran out of quarters (and later, sold my Dreamcast).
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From:sub_musashi
Date:March 10th, 2008 02:33 pm (UTC)
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Wow, I'm impressed that you have a running Atari 8-bit. I love that the box lists "131,072" bytes of memory!

I'm also impressed that the baby managed to grab the kitty - my girls tried so hard, but it was a long time before they managed to grab him (I actually got the moment with the camera).
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From:greg_kennedy
Date:March 10th, 2008 02:46 pm (UTC)
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Two, actually! The other is an Atari 800 and would have made an even better 'something old' picture, except I didn't want to bother getting it set up. The 130XE was already out and running, as one of my 101 goals is to back up the stack of 30-year-old Atari disks to PC for permanent archiving.

The computers once belonged to my dad and my (now deceased) grandfather. It's neat when I run across a disk of the projects they used to work on.

The baby eating the kitten was a team effort: the kitten has been very inquisitive lately and gets very close to the baby while Anya's sitting in her chair. So the baby just sort of made sweeping arm motions until she managed to get the cat.
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From:gsdeleon
Date:March 11th, 2008 01:19 am (UTC)

photoa

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great pictures - I really like the one of your house. Pretty!

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